Welsh date for new champion Nick and five new caps

first_img Newly-crowned English champion Nick Marsh (Huddersfield, Yorkshire) has been selected along with five new caps in the 11-strong England team for the Home Internationals at Southerndown in Wales on 13th – 15th August. Those making their debuts at full international level are Tomasz Anderson (Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire), Adam Chapman (Windermere, Cumbria), Luke Johnson (King’s Lynn, Norfolk), Paul Kinnear (Formby, Lancashire) and Dan Wasteney (Lindrick, Yorkshire). The rest of the squad is: Harry Casey (Enfield, Middlesex), Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire), Seb Crookall-Nixon (Workington, Cumbria), Ryan Evans (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) and Ben Stow (Rushmore, Wiltshire). Toby Tree (Golf at Goodwood, Sussex), an England regular for the last three years, was not available as he is competing in the US Amateur Championship the same week. Marsh (image copyright Leaderboard Photography), 19, who won the English Amateur Championship at Saunton last weekend, made his full international debut in last year’s Home Internationals at Ganton after reaching the Amateur Championship quarter finals and finishing runner-up in the North of England Youths and Welsh Open Youths Championships. This year, he has had two more second places, in the Portuguese Amateur and Scottish Stroke Play Championship, so his victory in the English Amateur was overdue. Anderson, 22, was a semi-finalist in last year’s English Amateur Championship at Frilford Heath. This year the Jacksonville State University student qualified for the match play but went out in the first round. He also reached the last 32 of the Amateur Championship and was tied 14th in the South of England Amateur. Chapman, 19, was a boy cap last year when he finished second in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Junior County Champions Tournament. This year, he finished third in the Duncan Putter, sixth in the Welsh Open Stroke Play and reached the last 16 of the Amateur Championship. Johnson, 22, who started 2014 as a member of the England ‘A’ squad, has won two titles this year, the Berkhamsted Trophy and the West of England Stroke Play. He also finished fourth in the Selborne Salver and equal seventh in the Portuguese Amateur and the Welsh Open Stroke Play and reached the last 16 of the English Amateur. Kinnear, 20, is another former boy cap who also steps up from the ‘A’ squad. He won the Tillman Trophy last year and was also a member of the victorious Lancashire team in the English County Championship. A former Lancashire boy champion, he reached this year’s Amateur Championship last 16. Wasteney, 22, also steps up from the ‘A’ squad. A former winner of the Yorkshire Open, he finished equal ninth in last year’s North of England Youths Championship and in 2014 he has finished equal third in the St Andrews Links Trophy, fourth in the Brabazon Northern Qualifier and reached the last 16 of the English Amateur. Casey, 21, is a former under 16 and boy cap who made his full international debut against Spain in 2013. He was also a member of that year’s winning England team in the Home Internationals and played against France this year. Also last year, he won the Selborne Salver, lost a playoff for the Dutch Junior Open and finished third in the Portuguese Amateur and the Hampshire Salver. He represented England Golf in Australia earlier this year. Chesters, 24, earned his first full cap against France in 2012 and won all four of his matches against the French this year. He became European Amateur champion last year when he was also selected in the European team against Asia/Pacific in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy. This year he had finished joint second in the Brabazon Trophy and fifth in the Portuguese Amateur and the Welsh Open Stroke Play. Crookall-Nixon, 20, was English under 16 champion in 2008 and 2009. Currently at university in San Francisco, he made his full England debut in the 2012 Home Internationals and reached the English Amateur quarter finals that year. This year, he was finished equal second in the South of England Amateur at Walton Heath. Evans, 27, made his debut for England in last year’s Home Internationals. Also last year he won the Berkshire Trophy and the Biarritz Cup in France and returned from Australia this year having won the Lake Macquarie International and the Avondale Medal. Finished runner-up to Stow in the Brabazon Trophy, equal fifth in the Scottish Open Stroke Play and reached the last 16 in the English Amateur. Stow, 22, made his full England debut in the 2011 Home Internationals and has been a regular since. Attending the University of Kentucky, he has tasted victory and finished sixth in the Jones Cup in America this year then returned home to win the Brabazon Trophy at Seaton Carew. He was a member of the Wiltshire team that won the County Championship in 2011 and is a former winner of the Welsh Open Youths and the South West Championships. England will be defending the Raymond Trophy after regaining it last year at Ganton. 6 Aug 2014 Welsh date for new champion Nick and five new caps last_img read more

Yorkshire’s Schmidt seals his season with Champions victory

first_img15 Sep 2018 Yorkshire’s Schmidt seals his season with Champions victory Tags: Ben Schmidt, Boys, Champion of Champions, County, Woodhall Spa Yorkshire’s Ben Schmidt had put the seal on a remarkable season with a three-shot victory in the English Boys’ County Champion of Champions tournament at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire.The 16-year-old from Rotherham Golf Club played the 36-hole event in four-under par, with rounds of three-under 70 and 72. His closest rival was Lancashire’s Greg Holmes (Royal Birkdale) on one-under, while Suffolk’s George Fricker (Ufford Park) was third on level par.Schmidt started his season’s successes with victory in the Yorkshire boys’ championship and soon followed up with second place in the English U16 boys’ open for the McGregor Trophy. He went on to win the men’s scratch tournament for the Lee Westwood Trophy, where he succeeded in a play-off which included a chip-in for a half and a winning birdie on the second sudden death hole.Recently he has helped Yorkshire to victory in the Boys’ County Finals and claimed the runners-up trophy at the Italian U16 championship.It all added up to a huge confidence boost and he arrived at Woodhall Spa – the home of England Golf – in the most positive frame of mind. “I was looking to win. I knew I’d had good form all season and this was pretty much my last individual event, so I wanted to get it under my belt.”In the first round he hit the greens, made the putts and capitalised on the par fives, giving himself a two-shot cushion over the field. In the afternoon he was very steady and very philosophical when his rivals – as expected – came at him.Holmes was three-over in the first round, but shot a charging four-under 69 this afternoon, while Fricker managed to tie Schmidt after 15 holes, with both players on three-under at that stage.However, Fricker dropped back with his bogey, double, birdie finish; while Schmidt played the last three holes in par, birdie, par.“I saw the leaderboards around the course and I knew it was close,” said Schmidt. “But I knew if I could finish level par (for the round) they would have to finish three or four under for their second round. If that happened I couldn’t fight it – but it was nice to get another birdie on 17 to seal things.”With all the pressure on, Schmidt played a wedge from around 120 yards which finished just 5ft from the hole and he duly claimed his birdie. Playing the long 18th – where he went for it in the morning to score a birdie – he exercised caution, settled for a par and made certain of his victory.For Schmidt, the best part of his season has been his performance with the putter. “I’ve never been the greatest putter but I worked on it through the winter and when I had a week in Spain for pre-season training. It’s been massive for me, I feel more confident and that’s been the key this season.”And his best result? It’s the Lee Westwood Trophy – for the manner of the win. “It was incredible,” he said.Last year’s winner, Kent’s Jacob Kelso (King’s Hill), made a solid defence of his title, finishing tied fifth on two-over par with the help of a hole-in-one on the 8th in his second round!For full scores click hereImage copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Ganta: A City that Never Sleeps

first_imgNo doubt about it, Monrovia as a capital city has everything it needs ranging from gorgeous architecture, top nightclubs, hotels, beaches and the presence of the nation’s media houses – which Ganta, Liberia’s second largest commercial city, does not readily have.Still, Ganta has something better to offer. Nicknamed ‘the city that never sleeps,’ Ganta is an ideal destination for weekenders based on its array of eateries coupled with a ‘bucket list’ of worthy experiences. In addition, Ganta is a city with unique and diverse neighborhoods, with a potpourri of different cultures bringing the city to life 24/7.Apart from that, Ganta’s location gives it an A-plus approval. Next door is Guinea and Saclepea, two beautiful places to visit. From Ganta to Guinea is about a five-minute drive, with Saclepea just over an hour away. Two other cities, Gbarnga and Sanniquellie, are about two or three hours away.So a weekend in Ganta gives you the chance to visit many unique places and experience different cultures and lifestyle activities that you cannot experience in Monrovia. Secondly, whether it is day or night, the city is busy with people interacting and doing business. Living up to its nickname as ‘the city that never sleeps,’ Ganta is busy with people either doing business or enjoying the city’s daytime actives or its active night and culinary experiences, available 24 hours a day. Unlike Monrovia, supermarkets and nightclubs in Ganta are open 24 hours a day with many great restaurants to unwind and satisfy your culinary desires, be they African or western. Ganta is a city that is very affordable to live in no matter your social status. Hotels like Jackie’s Guesthouse and the Beer Garden offer the same comfort as top hotels in Monrovia. In fact, some hotels in Ganta have better services than hotels in Monrovia and prices are very affordable. Lastly, Ganta opens up her bowels to people regardless of class, social status and gender, not to mention a nightlife experience that comes with some added extras. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Swindon Town snap up former QPR youngster

first_img Swindon Town’s County Ground Swindon Town have completed the signing of former QPR defender Jamie Sendles-White.The 21-year-old has been without a club since leaving Hamilton Academical following a short spell with the Scottish club and has now agreed a deal to move back south of the border.The former Northern Ireland Under-21 centre-back, who was released by QPR at the end of the 2014-15 season, has penned a contract with the Robins until the end of the current campaign.Sendles-White told Swindon’s official website: “I’m very pleased to have signed. It’s been quite a stressful couple of weeks getting everything sorted but I’m glad it’s all sorted now and I can get my head down for the rest of the season.“I came in pre-season and once last season with a view to a loan but that didn’t come through. It’s a club that I like. I like the philosophy and I like how they play so I’m glad to be here.” 1last_img read more

My Donegal… with TV3 Presenter Tommy Martin

first_imgGrowing up in Annagry,  Co Donegal Tommy Martin now works in Dublin as the presenter on TV3’s Champions League football as well as being one of the presenters on Saturday AM and Sunday AM and is also a columnist for the sports website the42_ie.This is Tommy’s Donegal…1. What is your favourite place in Donegal and why? Carrickfin Beach. Donegal is full of beautiful beaches so I suppose everybody has their favourite one. Carrickfinn is not only stunningly beautiful, you also generally have it mostly to yourself. It has a way of completely decompressing you from all the stresses of modern life. Half an hour in Carrickfinn is worth a week at an expensive detox or mindfulness retreat, and it’s free!2. If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?I’d have a motorway direct from Dublin to Annagry, so I could get home quicker!3. Who is the one person that you look up to and why? My parents (sorry, two people). They moved from Glasgow to Donegal when my brother and I were babies to give us a better upbringing, and made so many sacrifices for the two of us and my sisters that everything we have today we owe to them. They instilled values in me that I still depend on today, so I have so much respect for both of them, and still call them to discuss any problems or worries I might have.4. What’s your happiest memory in Donegal?Watching Celtic beat Rangers 6-2 in September 2000 in Sharkey’s Bar in Annagry! I was heading off for a year in Australia a few days later – good times!5. What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Winning the All-Ireland of course! I always remember the intense feeling of pride in the county that summer, which I think those of us living outside the county felt especially strongly. 6. What would be the first thing you’d buy if you won the lottery?A season ticket for Celtic Park and a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar. Don’t tell my wife.7. If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?Improve the broadband network – although a million mightn’t do it… 8. Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?Has to be Daniel!9. What has been the biggest compliment you’ve ever received?Somebody on Twitter recently compared me to Bill O’Herlihy, which despite being completely way off the mark (I’m not fit to lace his microphone), was very flattering.10. Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?It’s a dead heat – Michael Murphy and Seamus Coleman.11. What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Danny Minnies, Annagry.12. What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“Ah sure ye see it all hey.”13. What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?Providing an environment where businesses can thrive and create employment so people do not have to leave the county for work. This means government investing in broadband, transport and infrastructure, and the county continuing to market itself as a destination for tourism and business.14. Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Is it possible to be too laid back?15. Do you have a favourite local band?Can’t beat a bit of Goats Don’t Shave. ‘Hills of Donegal’ is a modern classic, gets me on the dance floor within seconds (don’t hold that against them).16. Where’s the most unusual place you’ve logged on to Donegal Daily?Somewhere between Gdansk and Poznan while at Euro 2012 to check the result of Donegal’s game with Derry in the Ulster Championship.17. Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?The scenery. It truly is spectacular. I always say that – given the right weather – it stands up to anywhere in the world.18. Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Daniel has done so much for the local area, putting the Rosses on the map and bringing in countless visitors, but it has to be Packie. I was 12 in 1990 when he saved the penalty against Romania, and remember meeting him at the Mary from Dungloe festival shortly after. I couldn’t believe the size of his hands!19. What’s the biggest thing you miss about Donegal?The pace of life, the quirky sense of humour, my mother’s cooking!20. What’s the most rewarding part of working for TV3?Getting to do a job that I love. Sometimes I have to remind myself that it is actually a job; for example on a big Champions League night when Messi or Ronaldo has just done something amazing and you have to talk about it. Call that work?! At the same time you have a massive responsibility to the viewers, as I remember what it was like to look forward to watching a game all week, so there’s a great sense of satisfaction when a broadcast goes well and the feedback from viewers is positive.Email info@donegaldaily.com if you would like to share Your Donegal.My Donegal… with TV3 Presenter Tommy Martin was last modified: June 3rd, 2017 by Callum LaveryShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:MY DONEGALTommy Martinlast_img read more

Enron defense closes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsBut prosecutors, unable to dig up tangible proof, found mouthpieces in a string of ex-Enron executives “robbed of their free will,” who pleaded guilty to crimes they didn’t commit, Petrocelli said. He said fear of lengthy prison terms and expensive legal battles drove those witnesses to say whatever the government wanted them to in testimony against Lay and Skilling. “That’s how they take down Mob kingpins,” Petrocelli said. Skilling told reporters outside the courthouse that he was “staggered” by the government’s power to rack up cooperating witnesses, using the specter of prosecution. But when asked whether he was confident of acquittal, he said, “I’m very confident. I’m innocent.” Lay lawyer Bruce Collins, the first of several attorneys on his legal team to address jurors, said his client has accepted “full responsibility” for Enron’s failure – but that Lay committed no crimes. Collins said another judge presiding over numerous Enron-related lawsuits in another courtroom will decide whether Lay is liable for losses suffered by investors after the company sought bankruptcy protection in December 2001. HOUSTON – The government bore down on Enron Corp. as it would the Mafia, intimidating top lieutenants into pointing fingers at their bosses because someone had to pay for crimes that preceded the company’s stunning collapse, the lawyer for former Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling said Tuesday. “This was all manufactured after the fact,” Daniel Petrocelli declared in an impassioned plea for jurors to acquit his client of all 28 fraud and conspiracy counts against him. “Because it’s Enron. After all, somebody has to pay. It’s Enron.” In a searing closing argument, Petrocelli sought to drive home the defense theme that neither Skilling nor Enron founder Kenneth Lay perpetuated an overarching fraud at the company because none existed. The current jury’s job is to decide whether he is guilty of the crimes alleged by the government. “Today you decide if Ken Lay is locked in a cage for the rest of his life. Today you decide if Ken Lay is a criminal. Today you decide if Ken Lay committed any crimes,” he said. Tuesday’s lengthy closing arguments were the last opportunities for the defendants’ lawyers to address the eight-woman, four-man panel. Prosecutors who made their closing arguments Monday get one more chance in a rebuttal argument today. Then, jurors will begin deliberations in the case that began Jan. 30. “I hope they (the jury) walked out of there today understanding that they learned a lot of facts and a lot of truth,” Lay told reporters at day’s end.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

LARGE CROWD EXPECTED FOR TONIGHT’S CHURCHILL 5K RUN/WALK

first_imgA large crowd is expected to converge on the village of Churchill this evening for the 5k walk/run.Last year’s race was a huge successEntries for the race will be taken at McClafferty’s Bar at 6pm and the race itself starts at 7.30pm.The race takes place from Churchill to Glendowan Church with a new fast course promising some record times! Organsiers say it is not an elite race but everyone is welcome to join in.The winner will receive the Joe McClafferty Cup.Everyone else will get some great exercise and enjoy the craic.With the Churchill Fair also kicking off, a great night is promised.  LARGE CROWD EXPECTED FOR TONIGHT’S CHURCHILL 5K RUN/WALK was last modified: July 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Churchill 5klast_img read more

Hospital sale to be complete Jan. 1

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Prime, owned by cardiologist and entrepreneur Dr. Prem Reddy, made a number of agreements to ensure Lockyer’s approval. Under the terms, it will continue to operate the hospital for at least five years, while continuing the same levels of charity and community service care. It also pledged to continue to operate the renowned Grossman Burn Center for the same period. The only suggestion that the parties have not agreed to is the review’s recommendation that the hospital keep its geriatric psychological ward operating. Goldie told Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Ogata that the hospital would have converted the 19-bed ward into a medical-surgical unit regardless of the transaction and asked that the recommendation be waived. Prime has pledged to upgrade the Burn Center facilities and the radiology department, as well as purchase a new CT scanner and nuclear camera. In total, Reddy said, the company would spend nearly $35 million to improve facilities. “Sometimes you need to put in more to get a return,” he said. “We’re putting in more capital to make the hospital competitive, so we’ll expect returns.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 brent.hopkins@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SHERMAN OAKS – The sale of Sherman Oaks Hospital should be complete by Jan. 1, its proposed owner said Friday. Prime Healthcare Services, a Victorville-based for-profit operator that owns a pair of Inland Empire medical centers, agreed to buy the community hospital in October for an undisclosed sum. After an independent review of the transaction, ordered by Attorney General Bill Lockyer’s office, found few concerns with the sale and no complaints to date, the deal appears likely to be finished within the next few weeks. “Since 1995, Sherman Oaks Hospital has faced Herculean odds to keep operating,” said Ron Goldie, counsel for Sherman Oaks Health System, at a public hearing on the sale. “Ultimately, it was the decision to sell so it could keep operating, albeit as a for-profit.” last_img read more

‘WE WANT ANSWERS TOO’ SAYS HOSPITAL MANAGER MURPHY

first_imgMr Murphy, rightAn investigation has started into the flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital last night following torrential rain with the hospital manager Sean Murphy insisting: “I want to know what happened.”The road and hospital car park adjacent to the Emergency Department (ED) became flooded and a low level of water leaked into the ED’s reception and administrative areas. The hospital’s ED went off call for three hours from 8pm to 11pm to expedite the clean up after which services returned to normal.Clinical areas in the ED and hospital services in general were not affected. “The investigation is obviously at a very early stage but the culvert was not blocked,” said SeanMurphy.“Last year (on July 26) the main cause of the flooding incident was the fact that the screens became blocked and prevented water from entering the culvert causing the Sprackburn Tributary to overflow, wiping out 40% of the floor space of LGH and eliminating more than 70% of the hospital’s capacity at that time. Last night’s damage was considerably less that last year’s and the ED was re-opened after three hours with no other hospital services affected.“There are already improved interim flood management arrangements in place at Letterkenny General Hospital with additional CCTV monitoring and regular inspection of flows and levels in the stream. This also includes the location of a digger onsite and access on a 24-hour basis to a roster of drivers to provide rapid emergency response, as required by the hospital’s insurers.“The West / North West Hospitals Group has been granted planning permission from Donegal County Council for the construction of a new storm flow routing pipe and associated works at Letterkenny General Hospital (LGH). “Site works have commenced and are scheduled for completion in autumn 2014. The flood management works, including the new culvert, are estimated to cost approximately €1m.“As stated, our investigation is at an early stage. It appears that the interim flood management measures worked well as the culvert was kept clear and other steps such as sandbagging of vulnerable areas were put into place.“We will publish the conclusions of our investigation – as we did with the flood management strategy and two engineering reports from the previous incident – and we will review the flood management strategy in light of the new findings.“We are not going to speculate as to what these findings will be. We will publish the result of the investigation as soon as is feasible. More than anyone else in Donegal, we want answers.“I want to acknowledge the hospital staff, the ambulance service, the staff at Sligo Regional and Altagelvin Hospitals, our local GPs, the fire service, the council and the Gardaí for their cooperation. “We regret any inconvenience caused to patients and their families.”‘WE WANT ANSWERS TOO’ SAYS HOSPITAL MANAGER MURPHY was last modified: August 6th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:answersfloodletterkenny hospitalSean Murphylast_img read more

Struggling City Oilers in way of unbeaten Warriors

first_imgFUBA LeagueKIU Rangers Vs. Lioness(Ladies) 6pm Pemba Warriors Vs. City Oilers 8pm MTN Indoor Arena LugogoBASKETBALL — The vulnerability or lack of it in the City Oilers team will be tested when they face unbeaten Warriors in the National Basketball League tonight.The four-time league champions’ topsy-turvy start to the new season has hatched concerns beyond how they would manage to contend for this season’s title while conjuring up mixed results.Oilers have already lost as many games as they managed the entire regular season in the last campaign: three. Surely the Mandy Juruni-coached side look to be at their lowest ebb for the first time since their maiden NBL promotion in 2013.Yet Jimmy Enabu and Co. is presented with an opportunity to dispel the lingering fears of their title credentials if they manage to overcome a resurgent Pemba Warriors side at MTN Arena in Lugogo tonight.But by look of things, the task won’t come that easy given Warriors’ commanding start to the new season. The Kyambongo-based side are riding on a six-game winning streak that has left them the only unbeaten side in league thus far, and will be eager to keep their 100 percent record intact.There is a general feeling among the Warriors faithful that their side has the impetus to halt City Oilers’ stronghold on the league title.Coach Ronnie Mutebi has cautioned his players that they need to defend better, get aggressive in and outside the key and limit the Oilers’ shooters at the basket.Mandy Juruni will hope that his star players in Veteran Steven Omony, Skipper Jimmy Enabu, Ben Komakech and Burundian Landry Ndikumana show up with their best game faces. At the other end, the cast of veteran players Mike Buzangu, Phillip Ameny , and Syrus Kiviiri will lead the Warriors’ charge.What’s wrong with City Oilers?The general consensus surrounding City Oilers’ intrepid start to the new season is that the defending champions have lost a trait of invincibility. They look a shadow of a City Oilers force that bamboozled opponents with consummate ease in the seasons gone.The match-up against resurgent Warriors side tonight is City Oilers’ eighth tie but they have lost to title hopefuls Betway Power (60-56), UCU Canons (61-48) and Ndejje Angels to leave them with 4-3 run.The genesis of Oilers’ troubles, however, could be traced to the departure of inspirational player Kami Kabange who joined Rwandan side REG in January after four years with the league champions.Can @CityOilers put an end to #PembaWarriors’ dominance in the #NBL when they face-off this evening?? #UGBasketball pic.twitter.com/iAEW6VTffz— M-idea (@Midea_Biz) July 21, 2017Kabange was Oilers leading post player for four seasons, and surely life was always going to be hard for Oilers to adjust.The bold move of replacing Kami,as he is fondly known in Hoops circles, with a tried and tested Steven Omony was a masterstroke of business. But the evergreen Omony has not had a seamless transition in the team, and critics are already calling him hot air. The Kami Kabange-shaped hole is palpable.Head Coach Mandy Juruni has refused to be drawn in “the Kami Kabange–shaped hole” talk, rather he rues last season’s fatigue taking its toll on his players.City Oilers savoured an eventful 2016/17 season that saw them win their fourth consecutive NBL title locally preceded by FIBA Zone V triumph and FIBA Africa club champion ships exertions.Commentslast_img read more